Henry Viii Dramatic Interpretation Essay

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I, King Henry VIII was born on the 28th of June during the year of 1491 at Greenwich, England. I am the second son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. I originally had 6 brothers and sisters. But only 4 of us survived including myself: My older brother, Prince Arthur and my two sisters Margaret and Mary. When I was a child, I loved to learn. I learned about everything I could possibly be taught. Others would call me "spoiled" because I had my own "whipping boy" who got whipped for me when I did something wrong. But I do not see that as being spoiled. I see it as being better. My older brother, Arthur, was heir to the throne; therefore my father saw no reason to teach me how to rule a country. So I was educated to become a churchman. But, when I was age 11, Prince Arthur died, making me heir to the throne. In my youth I was highly athletic and intelligent. I was bilingual including the languages French, Latin, and Spanish. My favorite sport was hunting. I also very much enjoyed tennis. In 1509, when I was 18 years old, my father died making me King Henry VIII of England. Then, I was over 6 feet tall, slender, and had golden hair. But, before I was crowned, I married Catherine of Aragon. Catherine of Aragon was 6 years older than me at the age of 24. She was my brother's widow. I wanted to make it clear that I would be my own master. I did not want anyone telling me what to do. I wanted to do things my way. When I became king, I was much more interested in renovating my court and surrounding myself with scholars and artists. I love music and the arts. I had my own personal band that I hired to take with me everywhere. In my days of being a king, I composed some pieces of music, including 'Helas Madame.' I wrote songs as well. One of my favorite words from one of my songs is "Pastime with good company; I love and shall until I die.; Grudge who lust, but none deny; So God be pleased, thus live will I; For my pastance,; Hunt, sing, and dance; My heart is set; All goodly sport; For my comfort:; Who shall let me?" I left most of the governing up to Thomas Wolsey, my chief advisor. He happily pursued this option. Thomas Wolsey owned Hampton Court. He built lodgings there for me in 1514. I loved Hampton Court so much that in 1525 I forced Wolsey to give me Hampton Court. He did and therefore it became Hampton Court Palace. In 1520, Francis I from France and I met at the Field of Cloth of Gold. Francis was the king I loved to hate. I called him the eighth wonder of the world. We made an alliance that day. Catherine and I had five children, but only one child survived. A girl. Her name, Princess Mary. Catherine was not giving me the son I wanted. I could not bear the idea of Mary's husband becoming the ruler of my country. Catherine, now being well beyond the age to bear any more children, I decided to have my marriage with her annulled. But the Pope would not allow it! So I made myself Supreme Head of the Church of England. That way I could allow whatever...

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